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Officers to give former HPD chief ‘final salute’ today

A section of South Beretania Street fronting the Honolulu Police Department will briefly close today for a “final salute” to honor retired Police Chief Francis Keala.

Keala, 86, died Jan. 7 of congestive failure at his Honolulu home. A graduate of St. Louis High School and the University of Hawaii, Keala was the first person with a college education to serve as chief of the police department from 1969 to 1983.

A memorial service will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. today at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, 2233 Nuuanu Ave.

A funeral motorcade is expected to reach Beretania Street fronting the police department’s Alapai St. headquarters at approximately 11 a.m. where law enforcement will hold the final salute in honor of Keala.

Beretania Street from Ward Avenue to Alapai Street will be closed during that time.

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